The book is a historical narrative about the father and grandfathers of John W. Sparks and their roles in history. Much of what we understand about our American history is based on the nation's outstanding leaders or notorious villains. Yet, there are many interesting stories about how the ancestors of each American played their own unique roles in the making of the nation and the development of society as we know it today.
The story of the Sparks family is created by examining the historical events that surround records and scientific data that traces Mr. Sparks' oldest known ancestors from Africa to his hometown. His hometown is St. Louis, Missouri, also the home of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and the Gateway Arch monument; thus, through the Gateway. Along the migration route members of the family encountered and participated in many historical events including: the first prehistoric farmers; Philistines invasion of Egypt; Roman conquering of Greece, Roman invasion of England, Thomas Jefferson's great great great grandmother; kidnapping of Pocahontas; founding of Maryland Colony; tobacco production; Daniel Boone; Native American wars; The Trail of Tears; the lead industry; U.S. highways; Teamsters and the trucking industry; the Gateway Arch; computing technology; and aerospace engineering. When helpful, bits of entertaining fiction thread the history into a complete fabric connecting the scraps of family data.
The book contains over 300 photos, maps, and other images that help bring the story to life. In addition to sources cited in the text, a list of over 30 references supporting the history is provided.
Out of Africa and Through the Gateway is an example of how anyone with enthusiasm for their genealogy can add understanding and interest to their collection of family trees, photo albums, and scrap books. Converting these precious sources into a story provides a much deeper understanding of history and family for both author and reader.
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About the Author
After retiring he became enthused about his family history. At first, he wished that he could just order a DVD documentary that would explain how his earliest Sparks family ancestors migrated from Africa and later generations somehow got to St. Louis, Missouri. He could then sit back and enjoy the story in high definition video and surround sound. But, alas he is just a common man and no movie producers had approached him.
Then, he recalled how his mother encouraged him to turn his wishes into realities by quoting the Scottish proverb, "If wishes were horses then beggars would ride." He realized that making the movie might be a bit much, but he could write the book.